I got a bit of a curiosity question. While trying to use an old CRT monitor temporarily I noticed that the VGA cable has a short in it. (wiggle the cable and the picture cuts out). So I looked at the back of it and surely enough the cable is not capable of being changed without opening up the monitor. I've lost 3 CRT monitors to an issue with the VGA cable. In comparison, I still have the first LCD monitor(from 2002) that I got and it still works.
Why have VGA cables typically been built into CRT monitors, while not being built into any other type of monitor I've seen? Was there some obscure reason for it, or was it just a way to force you to go buy a new CRT monitor every 2 years?